Scarborough rising: Developers seek height increases

An artist impression of the Nautilus Crescent retirement development.
An artist impression of the Nautilus Crescent retirement development.

DEVELOPERS are pushing height limits in Scarborough.

Two current Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority applications are seeking discretion to build above four storeys within the Scarborough redevelopment area.

Northerly Group wants to build a seven-storey retirement living complex at 10 Nautilus Crescent, while a six-storey residential building is proposed opposite at 2 Filburn Street.

Under the Scarborough Design Guidelines, a development can potentially be approved up to six storeys if it achieves design excellence and meets at least one other criteria such as achieving a five-star Green Star rating or making at least 15 per cent of dwellings affordable housing.

Both proposals claim design excellence and ability to achieve green building requirements.

Artist impression of the proposed Filburn Street apartments.

The retirement living development comprises two towers 8m apart, less than the required 20m, that will offer 51 units aimed at seniors seeking low-care, independent living options.

Amenities include a hydrotherapy pool and spa, residents’ lounge, dining rooms and terrace overlooking the adjacent public open space. There will also be a communal kitchen, men’s shed, hair salon, gym and pilates space, communal vegetable garden and 98 parking bays.

Variations to the guidelines include the building height, tower footprint and separation, site coverage and car parking provisions.

The Filburn Street development will be built around six existing Norfolk pines and offer 25 units, 43 parking bays and communal gym, spa and sauna but will require building height, overshadowing, setback, privacy and site coverage variations.

The plan is open for public comment until December 18 and until December 5 for the Nautilus Crescent complex at mra.wa.gov.au.

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